Dialogue and Deconstruction: The Gadamer-Derrida Encounter

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Diane P. Michelfelder, Richard E. Palmer
SUNY Press, Jul 3, 1989 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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Before the encounter in 1981 between Hans-Georg Gadamer and Jacques Derrida, there had been virtually no confrontation or dialogue between hermeneutics in Germany and post-structuralism in France, nor has there been since then. Part I of this book makes available for the first time in English the complete texts of the encounter at the Goethe Institute in Paris. This exchange raised such issues as Gadamer’s relation to psychoanalytic interpretation, the questionability of texts, Heidegger’s reading of Nietzsche, and the dialogical aspect of language.

Part II offers further reflections by Gadamer on the encounter itself and its relation of hermeneutics to deconstruction. Among the issues covered are Derrida’s interpretation of “Destruktion” in Heidegger, Derrida’s attack on logocentrism in Heidegger’s interpretation of Nietzsche, and the relation of Heidegger, hermeneutics, and deconstruction to dialectic.

Part III offers commentaries on the encounter from a variety of perspectives. The authors assess the original encounter as well as Gadamer’s subsequent reflections on it.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Text and Interpretation
21
Three Questions to HansGeorg Gadamer
52
Reply to Jacques Derrida
55
Interpreting Signatures NietzscheHeidegger
58
Hermeneutics and Deconstruction Gadamer and Derrida in Dialogue
75
Letter to Dallmayr
93
Destruktion and Deconstruction
102
All Ears Derridas Response to Gadamer
199
Dialogue and Ecriture
206
The GadamerDerrida Ecounter A Pragmatist Perspective
215
Ashes ashes we all fall Encountering Nietzsche
222
Seeing Double Destruction and Deconstruction
233
Interruptions
251
Gadamers Closet Essentialism A Derridean Critique
258
The Man with Shoes of Wind The DerridaGadamer Encounter
265

Hermeneutics and Logocentrism
114
Arguments
129
Limits of the Human Control of Language Dialogue as the Place of Differences between Neostructualism and Hermeneutics
150
Good Will to Understand and the Will to Power Remarks on an Improbable Debate
162
The Two Faces of Socrates GadamerDerrida
176
Imagine Understanding
186
GadamerDerrida The Hermeneutics of Irony and Power
192
The Privilege of Sharing Dead Ends and the Life of Language
269
List of Abbreviations
284
Contributors of Commentaries
292
Notes
295
Indices
317
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About the author (1989)

Diane P. Michelfelder is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the California Polytechnic State University.

Richard E. Palmer is Professor of Philosophy at MacMurray College.

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